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01 September 2014
A Bi-Monthly
Newsletter For
Members Of
The Laguna
Woods Village
Computer Club
Meeting SchedulePage 2
Board MembersPage 2
Special Interest
Groups (SIGs) Page 2
In This Issue
President’s Message continued
Message From
The Editor
Cyber Ed Corner
Tech Questions
& Answers
The Jeopardy
Answer Is?
Welcome New
Membership Application Form
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Not sure why, but something struck me recently;
we all probably know the
phrase, “jack of all
trades, master of none.”
I suspect most people
interpret this the same way and it has a
fairly negative connotation. These days
though, we who are trying to remain
abreast of computing and computers –
on multiple devices, i.e.- a traditional
PC, desktop/laptop, Chrome Book, tablet or Smart Phone clearly need to at
least have an understanding (the
knowledge base) and some competence
with more than one format. If for example we’ve chosen to have a standard PC,
a tablet and a Smart Phone for the
different needs, pursuits and tasks that
we’ll undertake, we need not only to
adapt to each at different times, frequently in the same day, but to have a
fair grasp of both the hardware and
software workings of each. This struck
me as becoming a “jack of all trades”
and while perhaps it does not require
complete “Mastery”, it’s quite necessary
to at least be comfortable and proficient
enough to warrant having and using
these 3 different devices. These are
after all the ways we’ve chosen to enjoy
computing experiences and benefit from
their use.
We will each need to determine what
level of knowhow, comfort and expertise is required to attain the payoff we
need and expect. That presents a challenge. We have multiple choices as to
where and how we’ll obtain adequate
knowledge, guidance and assistance. It’s
well known that people process and absorb information in very different ways.
Educators must take multiple courses in
Learning Theory before graduation and
certification. You, as a student, may
have realized at a fairly early age in your
own educational development that you
seemingly benefited most from lectures,
or reading coupled with either individual
or group activity to reinforce your newly
acquired knowledge. Others though
might have been very quick to pick up
new knowledge or skill after seeing a
demonstration or enactment of a step,
or several steps, that lead to a desired
result. It’s the same today with these
technological devices and the need to
learn and use them. You needn’t struggle down one path if it’s going to lead
nowhere in terms of you acquiring
knowledge and a reasonable comfort
level with the device. Many options exist that offer similar and sometimes
overlapping information, but for most of
us there are at most 1-2 paths that give
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Board Members and Officers
Special Interest Groups
In addition to classes, the Learning Center
also hosts short Special Interest Group
(SIG) learning sessions. These sessions focus on a particular subject of interest, do
not require any enrollment and are free.
Bob Sellards - President
John Huber - Vice President
Barbara Harris - Treasurer
Lynn Brown - Secretary
Robin Nahas - Membership
Don Beckhart - Programs Chairman
John Huber - Workshop Coordinator
John Griffin - Co-Systems Administrator
Jerry Moore - Co-Systems Administrator
Nancy Kring - Education Chair
Sandy Rosen - Member Communications
Michael Taylor - Publicity Chairperson
Anne Clark - Webmaster
Jerry Moore - Newsletter Editor
NEED HELP?? Please consider visiting our
PC Workshop located on the 3rd floor of
the Community Center. Hours are MondayFriday 10-4 and Saturday 10-1. There are
always helpful supervisors on duty.
SIG sessions are less formal and have open
question-and-answer periods. SIG presenters include PC Club members who share
their knowledge, experience, and interests,
as well as selected outside sources. The SIG
presentations are open to all residents of
Laguna Woods Village. Since room capacity
is 55, please come early to ensure a seat.
website for a current listing of
SIG meetings planned or scheduled.
Meeting Schedule
Regular meetings of the Laguna Woods Village PC Club are scheduled for the second
Tuesday of each month except June, July,
August and December. Meetings are held in
the main lounge of Clubhouse 7 and begin
at 7:00 PM. Call 597-4659 for bus service.
In addition, all club members are welcome
to attend board meetings > see below
We Need You
Get active with the computer club. We’re always seeking members willing to contribute their time
and expertise. Please feel free to attend a meeting of our board and learn more about the opportunities to participate. Board meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at 3:30 PM in
the Community Center first floor Spruce Room.
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Message From The President (continued)
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us the payoff we want. As an example: you purchase
a tablet and don’t know where to start. (it doesn’t
matter which platform – Android, Apple or MS Windows)
If there’s a User’s Manual, can you read it – tablet in hand – and achieve some success in a
matter of a few sessions?
If you find the User’s Guide lacking and/or confusing, can you benefit from buying and reading a
well-written book or tracking down a series of
published articles in the industry that describe
the functions and use of your device?
It would be irresponsible NOT to mention the
blindingly obvious – mentioned before in our
Club’s Newsletter - “google” it!! (or “Bing” it if
you’ve discovered Microsoft’s entry into the
realm of search – very potent!) Remember, you
can narrow your results by inserting qualifiers: a
book, a class, a video lecture, paid tutorials,
blogs, etc.
Most of these avenues are readily available to us; we
need only to make a plan and fulfill the steps to realize the benefits and enjoyment of computers and
computing. The key element is ensuring that you set
aside the time to work and learn on your device. Unfortunately, there isn’t a “flu shot” that one can get
Would you benefit more by taking a course – ei- that gives us the desired knowhow and confidence!
ther live or online – that presents an overview of Don’t hesitate to ask our Volunteers at the PC Club
the device and explains the beginning steps, for input and advice as you continue on your journey
hands-on, followed by more detailed instruction of learning. BTW - it does you little good to complain
and complex steps?
that “they” (the PC software and hardware indus-
If you could watch the replay of a previous lecture and demonstration of the above, but without the opportunity to ask questions, or request
a repeat of a point or step, would this do the job?
tries) are making everything so complicated and difficult that it’s not worth the trouble any longer. Don’t
throw in the towel - you can enjoy technology and
benefit from its ownership and use!
If the manufacturer of the product offers live
support: a) chat; b) 800 #; c) E-mail - and you
could have access to their expertise while the
product is under warranty, is this a suitable,
satisfactory approach? Remember, you’ll be able
to work at home, write down your issues and
questions, then contact the Help Desk. Would
this eventually lead you to the finish line?
Hint – as you tackle your learning curve attempt to
go from simple to complex, general to specific. Just
as a youngster, even though quite bright and motivated, would be dismayed if his first ever introduction to mathematics was Advanced Calculus, you
should realize that you may need to start near the
beginning and work your way up to the level of proficiency and knowhow that you desire.
Some of us value the personal attention and
“hand-holding” that can be had by hiring a tutor,
or coach. Many are available throughout Sou.
California and you’ll find numerous resources
online, but generally without the personal contact. (see below)
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A Message From The Editor
Member Of The Association Of
Personal Computer User Groups
The Village News Bits & Bytes is
an electronic publication for
members of the Laguna Woods
Village Computer Club. It's published and distributed during the
months of January, March, May,
July, September, and November.
Managing Editor: Jerry Moore
Editorial Staff: Pat Burr, Judy
Nelson Moore, Bob Sellards
Village News Bits & Bytes is your
newsletter. Its objective is to
serve every member. If you have
a suggestion for an article for
publication, or if you would like
information about a specific
topic, please contact the Laguna
Woods Village Computer Club
President, or the newsletter editors. This newsletter is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to
Articles (1) must be submitted to
the Managing Editor no later
than the 15th day prior to the
month of publication; (2) should
be no longer than 1,200 to 1,500
words (approximately three columns), although longer articles
may be published; (3) may be
edited by staff for clarity,
spelling, grammar, and space
available. Articles should be
relevant to the membership of
the Laguna Woods Village PC
Club. The choice of articles to be
included in any issue is solely the
prerogative of the Editorial Staff.
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In addition to serving
your club as newsletter editor, I’m also
functioning as cosystem administrator
responsible for the maintenance
of all the equipment in the Learning Center. To protect your privacy, all of these computers, as well
as those in the workshop, are running a software program known as
“Deep Freeze”. What this program does is “stabilize” the configuration of each computer by storing a standardized configuration of
all installed software as well as the
content and location of desktop
icons and other user settings. Every time a computer is restarted, all
changes the last user has made
are erased and the standard configuration is reloaded. This means
that any programs you have loaded, username/passwords you
have entered and records of websites you have visited are wiped
clean and your privacy is protected. That’s the good news.
ed configuration. On occasions
where there are large volumes of
security updates, this process can
require as much as 4-5 hours and
must be scheduled to not interfere with ongoing classes being
held in the Learning Center. Since
all of the computers in the Learning Center are configured as “dual
boot” for Windows 7 or 8, this
long involved update process must
occur twice, once for each Windows version. Consequently, this
weekly activity often requires multiple people working more than
one day
Your club would gladly welcome
any volunteers who would like to
learn more about this weekly update activity and perhaps assist in
the weekly process. In addition,
the club is actively investigating
alternative methods to streamline
and automate this process using
additional hardware or software.
If you have any expertise in this
area or suggestions on how to improve the process, your contribuThe bad news is that once a week tions would be greatly appreciateach of these twenty-three com- ed.
puters must be “unfrozen” to
CLICK HERE to email me if you
download and install Windows
critical security patches and then have any comments or sugges“refrozen” to save the new updat- tions.
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Cyber Ed Corner
Hello from your Educational Director
[email protected] with suggestions. We also are
looking for teaching assistants.
Don't know what to buy for your computing needs?
Melony Myers will present a SIG on September 27 in
the PC Club Learning Center from 10 AM to 12 Noon
to help you decide.
Hello again from your Educational Director. I hope
everyone is all refreshed from the summer off and
ready to get into the swing of things for September.
What You’ll Learn
• Types of computers (digital devices).
• Finding the right Device for you.
– Creating your personal checklist
• Mac or PC, Android or iPad?
• Once you bought it, now what?
– Shopping Lab
• Questions & Answers
• Where to find more information?
Session 4 registration will be September 5 and 6,
with classes starting September 15 and ending October 17. Registration for the class in the Korean Language will be September 4. Watch your email for further information or check the PC club website.
The PC Club will also be conducting a survey to as( Handouts will also be available in
sess the on-going needs of our community. Watch
the PC Workshop and in the various Clubhouses. .
your email, flyers, and the Globe for further information.
We are still in need of teachers. If you have a special
area of expertise and would be willing to share,
Anyone interested in resuming our Kindle getplease contact me. We are open to suggestions for
togethers, especially being a helper, please email
new and different classes of interest to our Village
residents. A lot of our classes have curriculum already developed so new teachers don’t have to start
Nancy Kring
from scratch. The Educational Department's purpose
Educational Director
is to serve the PC computer needs of the Village
[email protected]
community. We welcome ideas for classes you
would like to see us offer. Email me at nan-
Please note that when reading this newsletter and you come across a block
of blue text that is underlined - this is a “hotlink.” Just place your mouse cursor over the hotlink, click the left button and it will take you to a webpage or
open your email program to send a message.
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Tech Questions And Answers
QUESTION: What is FORMAT PAINTER and 2. Now left click on the Format Painter icon
how does it work?
3. As in step 1, now highlight the text you
want to “receive” the new format and reANSWER: Format painter is a small utility tool
lease the mouse button when your selecfound in most versions of Microsoft Office
tion is completed.
such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Power- Always remember that if you fail to achieve
Point. Somewhere in the upper right hand the desired results, pressing Ctrl-Z will
corner of your screen you will see a tiny paint “undo” what you just did.
brush symbol that looks like this.
QUESTION: How do I use a “wild card” when
performing a search for files on my computer?
ANSWER: In Windows 7 when you click on
the Start icon, a search box looking like this
should pop up.
What format painter will do is copy a desired
text format including font style, font size, color, justification and other characteristics from
one location to another.
Here’s an example of how to use format
1. Highlight a block of text that has the format you want to copy by left clicking your
mouse cursor at the beginning of the desired text block. While still holding down
the left mouse button drag your mouse
cursor until all of the desired text block is
highlighted and then release the mouse
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If you type *flower* in the search box, any
file containing the word flower will be found.
If you typed flower*, then only file names
that begin with the word flower will be
QUESTION: What is a hashtag?
ANSWER: A word or unspaced phrase prefixed with the # sign to tag relevant data. In
browsers if you type
you will see posts related to this event.
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The Jeopardy Answer Is…What?
The final question on Jeopardy on its September 26 episode was based on the category “Internet.” The question was “The animal for which this computer program is
named is actually a red panda.”
Live videos of three baby red pandas, Bernadette, Dolly, and Winston, that were sheltered at the Knoxville Zoo, were streamed
on the Firefox Live website until March
2012. When the babies reached maturity
they were sent to breed and become part of
Do you have any idea what that program is? the animal families at the Virginia Zoo
When I tell you the answer, you will shake (Norfolk, Virginia) and the Zoo Boise (Boise,
your head — as I did — and you will say Idaho). Subsequently, the Firefox Live web“What? That’s not right!”— just as I did.
site was retired.
Are you ready? The answer is “What is Fire- If you’d like to find a red panda in a zoo near
fox (the internet browser)?”
you, go to
“Fire fox,” in Chinese, is another name for
the red panda.
By Linda Gonse, Editor & Webmaster, Orange County PC Users’ Group, CA
In fact, Mozilla launched a website called October 2013 issue, Nibbles & Bits
“Firefox Live” in November 2011 to educate
and raise awareness of the endangered red editor (at)
panda species.
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Chromecast –Watch On-Line Entertainment On
Your Big Screen TV
Chromecast is a new device from Google,
aimed at getting your on-line entertainment
on to your living room TV (or any TV with an
HDMI input). For video streaming,
Chromecast may be similar to Apple TV and
Roku devices, though I haven’t used either of
these. Chromecast is an exciting device for
both consumers and developers alike, because it offers a new, inexpensive ($35) and
simple way to stream entertainment from a
Website or a computer to your living room
big screen HDTV. (By the way, a less elegant
way to accomplish this is to connect your TV
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directly to your computer, via HDMI, and then
go directly to the websites with the computer.
This is not usually convenient because of the
locations of the computer and TV and the cables and wires needed to set this up.)
Chromecast is small and it plugs directly into
the back of your TV, keeping it completely out
of sight.
Wikipedia adds: “Chromecast is a digital media streaming adapter developed by Google.
The device, a 2.83 inch dongle, plays audio/
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Chromecast (continued)
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video content on a high-definition television
by streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or
local network. Users select the media to play
on their television from the Google Chrome
web browser on a personal computer or from
a supported App on their mobile device.”
Chromecast’s basic features are as follows:
1080p output video resolution
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
USB powered
Compatible with Android and iOS devices
The minimum system requirements needed
to take advantage of Chromecast are as follows:
HDTV with HDMI input
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n network
For use with a Tablet or Smartphone:
Android OS 2.3 and higher
Apple OS iOS 6 and higher
For use with a computer:
Windows 7 and higher
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Chromecast works with devices you already
own, including Android and Apple tablets and
smartphones. It also works with the Chrome
Browser for Windows and Mac. A Browser,
with the Chromecast extension, allows you to
send the contents of a “Browser Tab” to your
HDTV allowing you to experience photos, videos, and music on your HDTV. It turns any TV
with an HDMI input into a smart TV, albeit only as smart as the Chromecast device
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Chromecast allows you to view on-line entertainment on your living room HDTV; however,
currently it seems to be limited to Netflix, Hulu plus (not Hulu), YouTube, Google Play TV &
Movies, and Google Music. Indications are
that many others such as Pandora, HBO Go,
Vimeo, and Redbox, are in the pipeline. You
will need an account with any of the pay services, such as Netflix or Hulu plus (YouTube is
free, so far).
Chromecast is packaged in a very neat, compact box. Included in the box are the
Chromecast device (it looks like a flash
memory device with an HDMI connector), an
HDMI extension cable (for hard to reach
HDMI connections), a micro-USB to USB cable
(to supply power to the device), a power supply adapter (if a convenient USB port is not
available), and a tiny 14 page product information pamphlet. The “Getting Started” directions are printed on the inside of a swingout cover and are clear and simple.
Chromecast plugs into your TV’s HDMI port,
while the power is supplied by connecting the
devices micro-USB port to a USB port, on the
TV (if available), or to the external power supply that plugs into ac power (recommended).
Because Chromecast accomplishes its magic
using your Local Area Network, aka Wi-Fi, you
will need to enter the password to your Wi-Fi
network during the setup process. The Setup,
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Chromecast (continued)
(Continued from page 9)
in a nutshell, is simply, Plug the device into
your TV, Connect it to your Wi-Fi, and let it do
its thing. The setup is really easy to do and it
took only a few minutes, although the TV
screen did go dark for a few tense moments
while the Chromecast was rebooting leaving
an uneasy feeling until the “ready to cast”
screen appeared. Once Chromecast was
“ready to cast”, streaming from an Android
tablet or the Chrome browser was easily accomplished.
(Note: It is a good idea to follow Google’s directions to download the Setup App on to
your mobile device first. With this done, setup was very easy.)
Google’s uses the term “cast” to indicate
streaming. The “cast” icon appears in the tablet App or in the Chrome browser in order to
enable “cast”ing to the Chromecast device.
The “cast” icon is a rectangle with a symbol in
the lower left corner that looks like a Wi-Fi
Using a tablet, the Chromecast App is used in
conjunction with YouTube (or other
Chromecast enabled App, such as Netflix).
After you start YouTube (or Netflix) on the
tablet, touch the “cast” icon towards the top
of the screen. A window will open to allow
selection of the tablet display or the
Chromecast device (that has been discovered). Select the Chromecast device and the
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YouTube video will be shown on the HDTV
hosting the Chromecast device. The tablet
acts as a controller to direct the video/audio
from the source to the Chromecast device for
use on the TV. Could it be any easier? (Return
to this window to return YouTube back to the
tablet display.)
Google has set up a website at https:// for product
information and it includes some very good
directions for using Chromecast. This site is a
very good Help resource for getting started
with, using, or just learning about
Chromecast’s capabilities.
Google has indicated that YouTube, Netflix,
and Hulu Plus are just the beginning. Many
others have voiced their support, and many
independent developers have started to develop Apps for this new device. It’s only a
matter of time before Chromecast has many
new uses.
This article courtesy of Phil Sorrentino
Past President, Sarasota PCUG, Florida
December 2013 issue, PC Monitor
philsorr (at)
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Welcome New Members
Margaret Byrne
Tsai Hsing Chen
Astrid Feldstein
Joani Gibbons
Phyllis Henson
Richard Johnston
Hong S Kang
Jane S Kang
Sang Ja Kim
Young Kwon
Mary Maillefer
Mary Ann Rucinski
Constance Shaw
Dawn Stanley
Dadria Tillman
Emil Treeson
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Computer Club Membership Information
Informative [free] monthly meetings with eligibility for door prizes!
Newsletters geared to Senior PC users [free and first via email]
Discount on PC classes
Representation at the national Senior’s Computer User Groups Association
Access to Club’s Lending Library of Computer Books, Manuals, and PC Magazines
Periodic special classes just for Members
First to receive any new, useful information [emailed periodically]
First to know of events involving other Village Technology Clubs: Camera, Video, and Macintosh
Members’ dues allow us to maintain a state-of-the-art workshop and learning center!
*Best $10.00 you’ll spend for any Village Club Membership . . . for what you get!
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Or mail to LWVPC Club, Attn: Robin, Membership, P.O. Box 3063, Laguna HILLS, CA 92654
Laguna Woods Village PC Club
Your PC Club is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping residents improve
their computer skills, and get more enjoyment from their computers.
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